Are You Called? (A Wife’s Perspective)

When I was a senior in high school, many years ago, I went to a leadership conference at the college I would later attend. During that conference, I remember learning about leading. I do not remember all the things that were taught but I do remember God placed in my heart the call to ministry. […]

Podcast/Interview: “Seasons of Youth Ministry” (YM Sidekick)

“As a ministry professional, you deal with seasonal changes every year. Each season provides different opportunities for you and your ministry. But in addition to the seasons that change, your personal life has seasons that also change. You go from a young leader to a married leader to a married with children leader to an […]

Top 10: REAL Reasons I Can’t Come to Youth Group!?

10. I am grounded from youth group?  (seriously how bad do you have to be that your parents take away God and church.. “That is IT young lady, no God for you, 2 Weeks”!)  9. My parents said It was too nice outside to go to youth group? (snow day…icy night? They actually do call it […]

Social Media Hacks (Chris Hargrove)

I have always been a big fan of social media for my own personal life, but I never imagined how impactful it would be in my ministry to students and their parents. Social media is an ever-changing, ever growing, and at times, frustrating part of our lives. Chances are, you have probably spent some time […]

Two Minute Resource Review: “Convinced: Applying Biblical Principles to Life Choices” (Walker)

“Convinced” is one of the newest books from youth ministry veteran, Mel Walker.  Mel has been serving in youth ministry for 40 years, is the author of more than 10 books, and is the president and co-founder for the “Vision for Youth” organization.   He as always writes a book that needed in our youth ministry […]

News U Can Use: “Talkative Parents Make Kids Smarter”

“Interesting new research suggests exposure to large amounts of adult speech may enhance a child’s cognitive skills. The major new study, led by scientists at the University of York, identified a link between kids who heard high amounts of adult speech and their nonverbal abilities such as reasoning, numeracy and shape awareness. Investigators used a […]

What’s The Bigger Issue with Social Media (Craig Maart)

Social media is a blessing and a curse. The positive sides are glorious. The downsides are very dark and destructive. So how can we help navigate this with our students and their parents? Whether or not your students are currently using social media, the fact is, social media in some form is here to stay. Therefore, we […]

News U Can Use: “The Best of Netflix for Tween/Teens Coming in May”

” May belongs to tweens and teens. Netflix has plenty to keep the toddler and younger kids busy — don’t get me wrong. ….. But older kids seem to have it best. Not only do seasons of “Riverdale” and “The Flash” return, but Netflix introduces two movies with young casts who work out relationships with each other and […]

Top 10: Church-Based Reality Shows?

10. Church Rescue– Bar Rescue and Restaurant Impossible with a bit more yelling but less cussing? 9. House of God Hunters– 1 couple, 3 churches, 1 weekend to decide!? 8. Man Vs. Wild Middle School Boys (lock-in edition)- You thought living off the land and finding a place to sleep in Alaska was hard.  Try to wrestle […]